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One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay, #2.5) by Jill Shalvis
It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.
Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.
They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.
"What?" she said, wrapping her arms around herself. "You've never seen cold nipples before?"
Yes, but not ones that made his mouth water to taste. Kiss. Nibble. Suck into his mouth...."Did you see any bears?"
Rolling her eyes, she pulled a hair tie from around her wrist and used it to contain the wet mass of waves on top of her head. (Kindle location 411)
I liked Rory a lot from the previous book in this series. She's feisty and determined with lots of spine. So I was really excited for this little novella. That being said, it can be read as stand alone. It's not at all dependent on the rest of the series.
While I enjoyed this story very much, it was just too short. The first three quarters feels just right and I was really happy living in the pages. But it drew up and come to conclusion way too quickly.
Max is a great guy and I really reading from his point of view. Sexy and one of the good ones. He went to High School with Rory but they weren't friends. Lab partners, yes, but not friends. That's where the problems between them developed. And that's where they needed to spend a little bit more time dealing with things. Yes, they'd known each other for a while through South Bark where Rory works but I just wish...what I really wish is that the story lasted past Christmas Day. This story takes place on Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day. I just wanted a little bit more.
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this story. It just left me wanting more.
Great characters, great writing, and a snowy holiday story - don't miss that!